Totally agree with what you're saying! The grievance business shouldn't get intertwined with
enjoying music. Commercial music was made for COMMERCIAL reasons -- ie to sell as many records as
possible, to whomever wanted to pay their money. Sure, marketing has always been segmented (ie you
don't see a lot of ads for death-metal albums in Gramophone magazine, nor did you see the same kind
of ads in the Chicago Defender as you did in the NY Times). But the great thing about people who
like music is they tend to choose their own tastes and often cross over and between marketing
"niches" and stereotypes.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Dietrich, Madeline" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2015 4:06 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Heated Words of Hot Jazz Fans
> HA! Wow! That is fascinating (and so cool!) So much worry about “cultural appropriation” in jazz
> and blues and etc, and it’s the worry that gets the attention, not the reality (wherein people
> simply enjoy the music other people create). Beautiful!
> And yes, I understand in terms of publishing rights and recognition (i.e., livelihood, justice)
> many instances of said appropriation indeed warrants legitimate grievance. It is a complex issue
> for sure and I don’t want to slight anyone. But for the most part musicians play music for the
> enjoyment of anyone who cares to listen, and we as a society should just accept it and move on.